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Deportation / Removal Orders/ PRE-Removal Risk Assessments

Facing removal is an unbelievably stressful time for foreign nations.  To make matters worse, individuals can be taken advantage of and be sold on inappropriate applications and spends thousands as a painful parting gift from Canada.  Knowing your options, being informed and understanding what is realistic are critical at this stage of the process.  Here at Bellissimo Law Group PC we have worked on these challenging cases for decades.  Responding takes energy, focus and candid conversations as to the best way forward.  Mr. Bellissimo and our team are leaders in this area of law.  We have taught and written several books to assist other lawyers and consultants to navigate this area of law.  Please click here for our Publications page to obtain more in-depth information.

In terms of general background information get informed, please consider the following: 

Have you been issued an Immigration Removal Order?

Types of Removal Orders and their Consequences

  1. Departure Order 
  2. Exclusion Order 
  3. Deportation Order 

In Canada Removal Orders may arise in the following circumstances – usually with a Section 44 Report as the grounds for removal and bans from Canada:

  1. The Immigration Division (ID) or Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) determines that a Removal Order should be issued after a hearing, and so issues an Order
  2. A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Officer issues a Removal Order after an examination, or
  3. An individual submits a refugee claim, and so receives a conditional Removal Order that will come into effect shortly after any refusal or abandonment of a refugee claim

If you have received a Removal Order, it is important to understand the type of Removal Order you have received, its consequences to your present time in Canada and any future time, and whether you can challenge the decision. In all cases, time is of the essence or in other words, very-very tight.

Types of Removal Orders and their Consequences

1. Departure Orders

Departure orders carry the least consequences. You may be given a departure order for a variety of reasons. For example, you may receive a departure order if you lose your permanent residence status and any appeals you made were refused.  A departure order requires that you leave Canada within 30 days, confirming your departure with the CBSA on exit from the country. For Refugee/Protected Person claimants, a “conditional departure order” will be issued upon making a claim. Where the refugee claim fails (as well as any appeals that were made), the conditional departure order becomes enforceable. If the claimant does not leave Canada within the 30 days and/or does not inform CBSA of departure from the country, in nearly all cases the departure order will become a deportation order.

2. Exclusion Orders

Similar to Departure orders, an exclusion order requires the foreign national to leave Canada, confirming departure with the CBSA on exit from the country. However, exclusion orders include a time period for which a foreign national is barred from entering Canada. Depending upon the reasons for which the exclusion order was issued, the foreign national will be barred from making an application to return to Canada for one to five years. Exclusion orders can be issued by CBSA officers at a port of entry and as a consequence of a hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board. Exclusion orders can be issued for violating immigration law, for example, arriving to Canada without a proper visa, overstaying after the expiration of a visa or working and/or studying without proper authorization. These breaches often result in exclusion orders for a time period of one year. However, where a misrepresentation finding is made, the ban from entering Canada is for five years among other consequences.

It is important to note that if the exclusion order is made within Canada, the exclusion period begins from the date the foreign national leaves the country whereas if the exclusion order is made from outside Canada, the exclusion order begins from the date on the exclusion order. If a foreign national seeks to return to Canada during the restricted period an application for “Authorization to Return to Canada” (ARC) is required. For more information on ARCs, click here.

*NOTE* Prior to November 2014, an exclusion order made on the grounds of misrepresentation would hold a penalty of 2 years as opposed to 5.

3. Deportation Orders

Deportation orders carries lasting consequences. Deportation orders often rise when a departure order is issued but the foreign national does not leave within 30 days of the Order and/or does not inform CBSA of voluntary departure. Where a deportation order is made, the foreign national is barred permanently from entering Canada. A foreign national or an impending permanent resident will require an “Authorization to Re-Enter Canada” (ARC) to return to Canada. For more information on ARCs, click here.

Bellissimo Law Group PC has extensive experience with representing individuals facing removal. We are familiar with the legal processes and these cases can be extremely complex and any response must be comprehensive, concise and compelling.  Please contact us today to find out your options!

What Happens if You Fail to Appear for Removal?

Removal Orders, in all cases, require that you leave Canada. If you fail to appear for a removal interview or fail to appear on the removal date, CBSA will issue a Canada-wide warrant for your arrest. Once CBSA has arrested you, they may detain you in a holding facility or provincial correctional facility before removal. CBSA may also assign an officer to accompany you on your departure to ensure that you leave Canada. If you leave Canada under a Departure order or an Exclusion order (and the time period for which you are barred from Canada has elapsed), you may be eligible to apply to return to Canada. However, please note that you must ensure that you are not inadmissible under other grounds (criminalitysecurity concerns etc.)

Reasons for Delays

There are several reasons for which a delay may occur in the enforcement of a removal order.

1. Challenges Removal Orders

Permanent Residents may have a right to appeal the Removal Order to the Immigration Appeal Division.

Whether you have a right of appeal as a permanent resident will depend upon why the Removal Order was issued. If it has been determined that you are inadmissible for organised criminality, crimes against humanity, espionage, or other more serious forms of security concerns, there will be no right of appeal. Also, if you are found to be inadmissible for serious criminality (a crime that holds a maximum sentence of 10 years or more) and received in Canada a sentence of detention of six months or more, you will not have a right of appeal. In these circumstances, you may still challenge the decision to the Federal Court of Canada. For more information on the Federal Court, click here.

Foreign Nationals may not appeal their Removal Orders to the IAD. However, the decision to issue a Removal Order may still be challenged to the Federal Court of Canada.

2. Pre-Removal Risk Assessment Applications

If you fear return to your country of nationality or habitual residence, you may make an application for Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) to have your risks assessed prior to removal. If you are eligible for a PRRA, a removal generally cannot usually proceed until a final decision has been rendered on this application.

The law has recently changed.  Please read below:

Program Delivery Update: Processing Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) Applications

On 11 May 2022, the Government of Canada updated its operational instructions and guidelines page for Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) to include the policy, procedures and guidance used by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) staff in the intake of PRRA applications. The purpose of this update is to provide instructions on applicants who may be barred from applying for a PRRA as a result of a PRRA bar. The following is a summary of the updated page.

i.          Who can apply for a PRRA

A person in Canada may apply for a PRRA if they are subject to a removal order that is in force or are named in a security certificate, except if:

  • they are the subject to an authority to proceed issued under section 15 of the Extradition Act;
  • they have made a claim to refugee protection that has been determined to be ineligible as per the Safe Third Country Agreement under Paragraph A101(1)(e);
  • (subject to subsection 112(2.1) of the IRPA)* less than 12 months, or, in the case of a person who is a national of a country that is designated under subsection 109.1(1)[3], less than 36 months, have passed since:
    • in the case where no appeal was made and no application was made to the Federal Court for leave to commence an application for judicial review:
      • the day on which their claim for refugee protection was rejected by the Refugee Protection Division, unless:
      • the day on which their claim for refugee protection was determined to be withdrawn or abandoned by the Refugee Protection Division; or
      • the day on which their application for protection was rejected or determined to be withdrawn or abandoned by the Minister; or
    • in any other case, the latest of:
      • the day on which their claim for refugee protection was rejected by the Refugee Protection Division**, unless:
      • the day on which their claim for refugee protection was determined to be withdrawn or abandoned by the Refugee Protection Division**;
      • the day on which their claim for refugee protection was rejected by the Refugee Appeal Division, unless it was rejected on the basis of section E or F of Article 1 of the Refugee Convention**;
      • the day on which their claim for refugee protection was determined to be withdrawn or abandoned by the Refugee Appeal Division**;
      • the day on which the Federal Court refused their application for leave to commence an application for judicial review or denied their application for judicial review, with respect to their claim for refugee protection, unless:
      • the day on which their application for protection was rejected or determined to be withdrawn or abandoned by the Minister**; and
      • the day on which the Federal Court refused their application for leave to commence an application for judicial review or denied their application for judicial review, with respect to their application for protection.

*Exemptions under subsection 112(2.1) of the IRPA are as follows – the Minister may exempt from the application of the above:

  • the nationals – or, in the case of persons who do not have a country of nationality, the former habitual residents – of a country;
  • the nationals or former habitual residents of a country who, before they left the country, lived in a given part of that country; and
  • a class of nationals or former habitual residents of a country.

**If there was more than one such rejection or determination, the day on which the last one occurred.

ii.         Who cannot apply for a PRRA

Generally, the exceptions relate to persons who already have protection or have other means of seeking protection, namely:

  • Protected persons and Convention refugees;
  • Persons subject to an authority to proceed (ATP) under the Extradition Act;
  • Claimants coming from a safe third country; and
  • Certain unsuccessful refugee claimants and previous PRRA applicants.

<12-month PRRA bar>

The 12-month PRRA bar applies to:

  • persons who have received a negative decision from the IRB on a claim for refugee protection;
  • persons who have received a negative decision from IRCC on a past PRRA application
  • persons who have received a negative decision from the Federal Court on an application for leave or judicial review regarding a claim for refugee protection or a PRRA decision

The 12-month PRRA bar does not apply to individuals whose:

  • refugee claim has been rejected on the basis of sections E or F of Article 1 of the Refugee Convention; or
  • refugee protection has been vacated under subsection A109(3).

Exemptions from the 12-month bar are in place for nationals from the certain countries where conditions have changed such that certain people could be subject to a risk within the meaning of sections A96 and A97. For the list of countries subject to the exemptions, please see the full page.

iii.        Notification and Submission of PRRA Application

A person may not apply before being given notification of their entitlement to apply for PRRA, excluding PRRAs at ports of entry (POEs) and subsequent PRRAs. Once the person is removal-ready, the CBSA issues a PRRA notification. Notification is normally done in person by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) removals officer who provides the candidate with a PRRA application kit.

The candidate has 15 days to apply (7 additional days for those who are notified by mail) plus an additional 15 days in which to provide written submissions in support of their application.

iv.        Regulatory stay of removal

Except for subsequent PRRA applicants, when a person is notified of their entitlement to apply for a PRRA, their removal order against them becomes subject to a regulatory stay of removal. If the person applies within the 15-day application period (7 additional days for those who are notified by mail), the stay is maintained until a decision is made on the PRRA application.

Subsequent PRRA applicants do not benefit from a regulatory stay of removal.

v.         Assessment of PRRA Applications and Circumstances

<Previous Refugee Claimants>

For previous refugee claimants, evidence is limited to that which:

  • arose after the rejection of their claim by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB);
  • was not reasonably available; or
  • the applicant could not reasonably have been expected in the circumstances to have presented to the IRB at the time of the rejection of the claim.

<Subsequent PRRA Applicants>

A foreign national who is subject to a removal order that is in force and whose previous PRRA application has been refused, abandoned or withdrawn may apply for subsequent PRRA as long as they are not subject to the 12-month bar on PRRA applications.

Assessment of subsequent PRRA applications is limited to risk factors that have arisen since the last PRRA assessment, unless the officer is satisfied that it would be in the interests of justice to revisit an issue dealt with in a previous PRRA.

<Applicants described in subsection 112(3) of the IRPA>

Certain applications submitted by people described in subsection A112(3)—those who are determined to be inadmissible on grounds of security, violating human or international rights or organized criminality—are not assessed against Refugee Convention grounds.

<People subject to security certificates>

If you are a permanent resident or a foreign national who is subject to a certificate, signed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of Public Safety, stating that you are inadmissible on grounds of security, violating human or international rights, serious criminality or organized criminality, contact the Immigration Program Guidance Branch for guidance on security certificate cases.

3. Travel Documents/Identity

The CBSA may need documents (passports, travel documents etc.) that will allow you to enter the country to which you are being removed to. Similarly, the CBSA may have trouble confirming the identity or citizenship of the individual being removed.

4. Administrative Deferral of Removals (ADR)

An ADR serves as a temporary tool to defer a removal in situations where the country to which an individual will be removed to is suffering from a humanitarian crisis. The ADR does not adhere to individualized risk but rather country wide risk. Once the country stabilizes, the ADR can be lifted and CBSA will enforce removal orders. An individual who is inadmissible for criminality, international or human rights violations, organized crime or security can still be removed despite the ADR.

5. Temporary Suspension of Removals (TSR)

Similar to an ADR, a removal order may be suspended where the country to which an individual is being removed to is subject to a risk that threatens the entire civilian population. This can include an armed conflict or an environmental disaster or other events that interrupts typical living conditions. Like an ADR, an individual who is inadmissible for criminality, international or human rights violations, organized crime or security can still be removed regardless of a TSR.

*NOTE* – If your removal order is suspended because of an ADR or TSR, you may be able to apply for a work permit or a study permit.

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Bellissimo Law has been the greatest help we could have asked for our journey. Our case needed an appeal which was very well organized, documented and presented to the authorities. We received a positive decision on the case all because of the expertise of Mr. Bellissimo and team. Keely and John are great at responding all smart and stupid questions and the team is very prompt to answer emails. They have the entire process streamlined, right from extension to evidences which makes our job easier. We got the quotes from some of the other law firms too who are all good and had lower charges. We chose Bellisimo because they are the best and in the long term a few extra bucks won't matter but the results will. Highly recommended.
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16:51 06 May 19
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Dare Sokoya
Dare Sokoya
19:27 28 Mar 19
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michele medalla
michele medalla
23:36 04 Mar 19
I wish I’d found Bellissimo Law 9 years ago before taking the advice of a so called Immigration Consultant who led our family to a very costly near disaster in our quest to immigrate to join our family in Canada. Years later, in desperation, at a Procedural Fairness Letter stage internet research seemed to suggest Bellissimo Law may be the company to deal with our problem. From the first consultation with Bellissimo Law their extremely thorough, very focused telephone interview personified professionalism and reassurance. All subsequent dealings with any member of the team were of the same high standard. It was clear to us that Mario Bellissimo leads from the front and that his staff not only respect him but that they are trained to match his standards and caring approach. I believe it is very important to mention that although they seem expensive, when our particular problem resolved more quickly and easily than anticipated they refunded the money which had not yet been used. Thanks particularly to Keely, our lead person, and to all at Bellissimo. I will always, highly recommend Bellissimo Law. Keep up the good work. In less than 6 months all our worries are over. We are now permanent residents.
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Patricia Forsythe
23:33 22 Mar 19
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Atabak Amirabrahimi
17:19 16 Apr 19
Great service and successfully guided us through the immigration and citizenship processes. Terrific attention to detail, and created a terrific case for our application, which was successfully approved. Attached is a picture with the judge. A wonderful day. So proud to be a Canadian!
Carlos Berber
Carlos Berber
15:45 26 May 19
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Jose Rendon
01:01 29 May 19
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Liliana Pelech
Liliana Pelech
14:53 01 Jun 19
I sponsored my parents in 2007 and I was refused in 2013 based on medical inadmissibility of my mentally challenged brother. I found Late Mr. Rotenberg as my original lawyer who passed away during the process. I was very disappointed as I was counting on his expertise to help me with my situation. Mr. Bellissimo was God send for me to help me with my case. I am very thankful that he took on my case. His team member Ms. Tamara Thomas worked with me and advised me with regards to the documents that I needed to obtain, they did extensive research on eligibility criteria of various social and health systems. They worked with me on the interview preparation. The time spend working with them was very targeted and very specific to address the Minister's concerns. They ensured there was no further waste in time or any delays. The way they presented my case and helped me win it only a world class Law firm can do that as there were times I was going to lose my hopes. I would totally recommend this law firm to anyone who is going through similar situation as mine with both hands down. Mr. Bellissimo and the team (Ms. Tamara Thomas) you guys are amazing and thank you so much again for reuniting me with my family in my beautiful dream country Canada.
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Irshad Khan
17:46 04 Jun 19
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Shah Alam
Shah Alam
21:15 09 Jul 19
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RYAN COWLEY
RYAN COWLEY
17:39 30 Jul 19
Hands down i would never done it by myself if it wasn't for Mr. Mario and Ms. Anderson hard work, I was facing deportation and they helped me step by step to get through it to be honest I am very forgetful person and Ms. Anderson always keep me on track and follow up with me making sure i get things done and send to her and they always keep me updated on everything, I am no longer facing such difficulties and i can stay in Canada. i would recommend Bellissiomo Law Group to all friends and Family. thank you again.
Omid Rezaee
Omid Rezaee
16:00 12 Aug 19
Bellissimo Law has been the greatest help we could have asked for our journey. Our case needed an appeal which was very well organized, documented and presented to the authorities. We received a positive decision on the case all because of the expertise of Mr. Bellissimo and team. Keely and John are great at responding all smart and stupid questions and the team is very prompt to answer emails. They have the entire process streamlined, right from extension to evidences which makes our job easier. We got the quotes from some of the other law firms too who are all good and had lower charges. We chose Bellisimo because they are the best and in the long term a few extra bucks won't matter but the results will. Highly recommended.
Vaibhav Chaturvedi
Vaibhav Chaturvedi
16:51 06 May 19
Bellissimo Law Group did a wonderful job. They helped me and my family obtain work permits in Canada. They were responsive, professional, and got the job done in a timely manner with no issues. I would absolutely work with them in the future.
Eric Blomster
Eric Blomster
11:58 30 Aug 19
Bellissimo Law Firm has great lawyers who have handled our immigration case. The staff was very professional. We are very happy with their service.We had to go through a tough ordeal because of misrepresentation earlier and our file was rejected. That is when we assigned this case to Mario Bellissimo. I would happily refer his law firm to any one whose in the same situation as ours or any immigration related matter.I would like to mention a special thanks to Tamara who was in touch with us and kept as posted. Mario had 100% confidence in our case that we will win which was very assuring for me and my family. And we finally got our permanent residency.God bless him and his firm.
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18:35 15 Sep 19
Our family could not thank you Bellissimo Law Group enough for all their help on my brother's case. We are very thankful for their professionalism, effort and hard work. We truly appreciate for everything that the team has done for us. Especially Keely, I cannot thank her more for her patience, advice and explanation throughout the whole process. I know that this has been a tough and long battle for all of us and finally it is a dream come true. Words cannot describe how thankful and happy we are. To us, thank you is not enough to express our appreciation, I would call them the lifesaver for our family. Once again, thank you and we wish everyone all a continue success.
April Cheng
April Cheng
07:05 24 Sep 19
Great communication and appointment setup. Mr. Bellissimo was quite frank and candid and spoke openly and candidly. Gave me the right advice to wait till a certain stage to file my case.
Imran Butt
Imran Butt
01:53 01 Oct 19
I really appreciate Bellissimo Law group for helping me out especially in obtaining my postgraduate work permit. I was in an unfortunate situation where there was a chance of my application being rejected but I was able to obtain it in the end. I especially thank Michelle for helping me out throughout this whole process. It was not easy but she was able to respond to my questions and answer them in a very informative and prompt manner. I definitely recommend Bellissimo Law group.
JH C
JH C
20:23 17 Oct 19
Life changing experience. Simply brilliant! Kelly Anderson is very professional and friendly. Our son is special needs kid and with all Bellissimo Law Group support we got our PR only in 8 moths.
Madina N
Madina N
21:56 22 Oct 19
I totally recommend them for any issues, concerns or guidance you might need. Very reliable and to the point. I had Miss Alexandra as my immigration lawyer and I have only good things to say about her involvement in this long and stressful process. She knew perfectly how to approach, handle and solve any issues we encountered and with their help the outcome was a positive one.Thank you!
Ana-Maria Veinea
Ana-Maria Veinea
03:14 22 Nov 19
I want to say thank to Mario Bellissimo , Keely Anderson, Natalia Borkowska and all the entire team for a wonderful job they did. Me and my families case was really hard and there were some moments where we were close to being deported but Mario Bellissimo and his team fought really hard for my family and was able to help up stay in Canada to the point where we got the permanent residence. I would also like to recognize the fact that Keely Anderson was by my side through out the whole situation telling me every step to take. We truly recommend Bellissimo law firm, I believe they are the best law firm in Toronto and can be trust worthy for any situation.
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00:59 09 Dec 19
I would like to thank Mr. Bellissimo, Ms. Keely Anderson, Mr. John Wigle and the rest of the team at Bellissimo Law group for helping me become a permanent resident in Canada. I had a complicated case that took quite a while to process and at times I thought it may not happen. Throughout it all Mr. Bellissimo and Ms. Anderson were very friendly, professional, helpful and honest and through their diligent work got me the result I had been hoping for. I would highly recommend them for any immigration needs. Simon Prigmore.
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14:08 17 Dec 19
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Eve C
Eve C
15:39 09 Jan 20
Had the pleasure of a call with one of their lawyers. They did their research prior and provided in depth feedback. Chy was great, she was on time, actually earlier. She answered all my questions, offered various options for my case, kept probing for different avenues. A five star rating from my interaction and stellar performance from Chy (Hope I got the spelling right)
Robin Maharaj
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00:14 10 Jan 20
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John Smurthwaite
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00:40 30 Jan 20
Our family could not thank you Bellissimo Law Group enough for all their help on my cousin Cong's case. We are very thankful for their professionalism, effort and hard work. Especially Ms. Alexandra, we cannot thank her more for her patience, advice and explanation throughout the whole process. Once again, thank you and we wish everyone here all a continue success.
Allen Y Du
Allen Y Du
03:52 05 Feb 20
I had a great consultation with Mr. Bellissimo. He was on time for the appointment and explained everything in detail. I was so impressed with his knowledge that I started my process right away.
Vik S
Vik S
16:29 11 Mar 20
The BLG team provided an excellent service. Many thanks for the professional advice given and the detailed way in which my case was handled. I would especially like to thank attorney Alexandra Goncharova, for her patience and thoroughness in working through my case. I would highly recommend this firm.
Kenroy_B
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18:28 14 Mar 20
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Roseanne Fox
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17:15 27 Apr 20
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A. Ahmed
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15:10 25 May 20
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Mohammad Masud Parvez
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14:55 10 Jun 20
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Rajendra Durve
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00:50 11 Jun 20
The most professional Immigration law group . Sponsoring my parents was my dream since I landed here in 2012.I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone in this firm , especially Viola , who was taking care of my file , without her I don't think I would have got the visa for my mother and my dependent brother with Down syndrome.I am forever thankful and grateful to her and for Bellissimo law group , they are professional, well equipped to take care of any case. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to start an immigration process.Bellissimo Law Group made my dream come true.Thank you again and best regards!Souad B.
Souad Batrawi
Souad Batrawi
23:55 15 Jul 20
Great service and successfully guided us through the immigration and citizenship processes. Terrific attention to detail, and created a terrific case for our application, which was successfully approved. Attached is a picture with the judge. A wonderful day. So proud to be a Canadian!
Carlos Berber
Carlos Berber
01:01 27 May 19
Excellent service, professionalism and attention to detail. Having used BLG's services in the past, I decided to avail their service again, this time for my permanent residence application.They are very well equipped with a great team who have a wealth of knowledge. A special thanks to Ms. Goncharova who worked very hard on my case and I was successfully able to obtain my PR.Thank you and God bless
E a
E a
20:53 17 Jul 20
Incredibly impressed with the attention to detail, from the initial call to begin the process until the consultation, it was top caliber service. Very knowledgeable and courteous staff and the consultant was patient and attentive to make sure I understood everything. I learned so much in a short period.If you need help with immigration, this is the firm to call, don't fall for the gimmicky firms that just try to get you through the door.Thank you Bellissimo Law group
Vince Daniele
Vince Daniele
21:32 21 Jul 20
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This Is
This Is
17:29 22 Jul 20
Ms. Alexandra was great. She is caring, pays genuine heed to your problems and strives at coming up with solution. I've also been helped by Ms. Simran and I must appreciate the service I've received from her.
Raqib Mahmud
Raqib Mahmud
22:05 21 Aug 20
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Delfim Marques
Delfim Marques
18:59 27 Aug 20
It has been a very long battle, right from the beginning, our agent, Attorney David Cohen, knowing that two of our dependants have some physical challenges which may pose concern of inadmissibility, introduced us to BLG. We were systematicaly guided to provide prove of our plans and financial capability to sustain us in Canada. At every appropriate stage we were introduced to different personnel within the law firm to handle specific issue. To the glory of God, our application was successful when IRCC gave us a second chance.
Adenike Olufunke Aribaba
Adenike Olufunke Aribaba
20:27 28 Mar 19
My wife and I have been using the services of Bellissimo Law Group for only a short period of time but have been very impressed so far. Our initial contact was Ms. Simran Sra, and she was very friendly and helpful in finding the right resources in the organization for our needs. Ms. Natalia Borkowska, the Team Lead in Accounting and Administration was very thorough in explaining the services and associated costs, which were very reasonable. Mr. Justin Toh, the lawyer assigned to our case was very professional and reviewed the steps that needed to be taken by him and his team in researching the law as applies to our situation. We look forward to continuing the process with this organization and feel confident in the successful conclusion.Konstantin and Dixie Loewig
Konstantin Loewig
Konstantin Loewig
22:04 27 Aug 20
Mario Bellissimo has my full respect. He's the #1 Immigration Lawyer in Canada, can solve any cases and is hard-working. His group is very also hard-working and reliable. If I had never met them, I'd be deported back to my country in Vietnam already by now. I had criminal record since 1992 and after that, the immigration decides to have a deportation on me. I went to the immigration court and lost. After I lost, I even appealed, but lost again. I live with my family in Canada with my parents, brother and sister. I soon got married and have 4 children, and still; the immigration still doesn't see me having any reason why I should stay in Canada. After I lost everything, I managed to find a lawyer named Cecil L. Rotenberg and he's also one of the best immigration lawyers in Canada out there but he was kind of getting old and slow so he insisted me to meet Mario Bellissimo to help me with my case. Cecil said that Mario is the only one that can help with my case since I've lost every case. My first lawyer's name Martin and he made me lost all of my cases and respect. When I met Cecil and Mario, I felt like I still have hope on my side and can still win this. Now I'm a permanent resident in Canada. I'm grateful and my family as well. We thank you Cecil L. Rotenberg for helping me meet the right lawyer which is Mario Bellissimo. My family and myself specially thanks to Mario Bellissimo Law Group. If someone like me or have any problem with any immigration. I highly recommend meeting up and work with Bellissimo Law Group. Thank you very much.
Van Nguyen
Van Nguyen
19:13 22 Oct 20
Coming in contact with Bellissimo Law Group is one of the best thing that has happened to my family and I. word alone can not express our sincere gratitude to this incredible law firm. My family and i have had the opportunity to work with few other lawyers on our immigration case and I can say with every sense of responsibility that Bellissimo Law Group is arguably one of the best immigration law firm in Canada.My first consultation was with Mr Mario Bellessimo and after speaking with him on the phone,i was more than convinced that I was in the right place.He then introduced Mr Justin Toh to me as our personal lawyer. I was incredibly impressed with the way and manner Mr Justin and the entire Bellissimo team handled our case.They were professional, knowledgeable and pays detailed attention to issues.If you are out there looking for a law firm to represent you in all your immigration case, Bellissimo law group is your last bus stop and I strongly recommend them because they will make your Canada dream come through as they did for my family and I and so I am rating them 5 star.Thank you the entire Bellissimo Team,you guys are good.
ID A
ID A
14:25 25 Sep 20
Not sure on how to put it in words. The Appreciation and Thank you.1st of all, I thank one and all for the outstanding help and support the whole team has provided. I appreciate the teams willingness to help out people like me, who just can't see failure. I think this word doesn't exist in Bellissimo dictionary. It's that kind of flexibility and dedication that every employee in this team shows that has helped this company to grow to its full potential.I very much appreciate your support during this difficult challenging time. Your help has been invaluable; I don't know how I would have managed without your help and support. Again, thank you so much. I sincerely appreciate your generosity.Thank you so much for being there for me. It means more than I can say.
Jyothi B Lingaiah
Jyothi B Lingaiah
11:20 20 Dec 20
They were great! We had a hard case in front of us, but they were thorough with our filing. We were able to get the student visa we were after within 45 days, which is well ahead of expected. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Jesse Divnich
Jesse Divnich
20:46 04 Feb 21
I would like to thank Bellissimo team to work out our very difficult and complex case to a happy ending. We loved the human side of all the people that worked with us and how professional they are. There is no word that can express how we are satisfied with their services and on behalf of our entire family we say thank you very much, you have made our dream come true.
Francis Couture
Francis Couture
15:52 31 Dec 20
My wife and I want to thank everyone who was involved in our case. My mother-in-law landed successfully as a PR a couple of weeks ago. We are fairly certain that my mother-in-law is with reunited with our family today because of your help!
Aaron Sarah Lovi Lovi
Aaron Sarah Lovi Lovi
17:57 08 Jan 21
For anyone searching for an immigration law firm Bellissimo Law Group is what you are looking for. Look no further. The process of immigrating to a new country can be a daunting one. You feel vulnerable and you don’t know what the future holds.I was in this position at one time seeking Canadian Permanent Residency on humanitarian grounds. Today due to my trust in Mario Bellissimo, Viola Gniadek and countless people behind the scenes I am about to receive a much cherished Canadian Residency.Viola, my consultant was my rock. She guided me through the process every step of the way.My family and I are grateful to Mario and Viola. My advice is hear them out, stay on task and you couldn’t be in better hands than with Bellissimo Law Group.Pamela I
Pam Iacurto
Pam Iacurto
23:10 03 Mar 21
Bellissimo Law Group is absolutely the best professional firm a person can wish for.They assisted me since my first work permit renewal, back in 2017, guiding me through all the process (my wife came after a few months).It has been a long journey, from there, to our PR status, which has been confirmed a few days ago.We are very grateful for all the work the firm has done.We were personally assisted by Michelle. She's professional and well-prepared.She has been a true guide through this long journey.All members of Bellissimo Law Group are excellent professionals.We strongly recommend this firm.I want to quote an old advertising sign of the firm that I saw a few years ago, and it is well impressed in my mind: "Stop worrying; start Living!"
Alex
Alex
15:40 19 May 21
Very professional, focused and responsive. Their vast experience helps in every aspect. Ms. Lijing Cao needs special mention for her skill and commitment.
Prasann Leanage
Prasann Leanage
02:04 17 Mar 21
Bellissimo Law Group is the best immigration law office in Toronto, and I strongly recommend it to everyone who wants to immigrate in Canada. The team is highly professional, extremely patient and courteous throughout the process. I personally had the best experience with every member of the team, and I am very happy because I could get the PR in record time. I would like to thank you Michelle Boeriu, who assisted my application from the beginning. She was very patient with me, very professional and courteous, and what is more important she would elaborate and pay attention to every single detail which at the end it would make the difference of a successful application.Also, I would like to thank you Mario Bellissimo for his absolute professionalism, and in my opinion he is the best immigration lawyer in Toronto.I am very happy that I worked with Bellissimo Law Group, and I would recommend it to everyone without any doubt.
Marjela Pernoci
Marjela Pernoci
15:23 07 Aug 21
Our experience with Bellissimo Law Group has been totally wonderful. They are unprecedented compared to other immigration attorneys we have worked with in the past. They represented us for my wife's Canadian Citizenship verification process and my Permanent Resident application. They are very thorough and made sure all the documents were well reviewed before submission resulting in a successful conclusion. I highly recommend that if you have a need for their expertise that you choose them as your representatives.
Garry Potvin
Garry Potvin
14:09 04 Sep 21
Bellissimo Law Group offer an outstanding quality in their services.The entire Team offers dedicate quality from end to end. They can be relied and Trusted .The entire team gives a Professional touch and you are so sure of Success.The Services what they offer is a Good Value for Money.They can be Trusted Blindly.
dwarakeshsuresh
dwarakeshsuresh
16:10 14 Aug 21
I highly recommend Bellissimo Law Group. I sponsored my wife in Canada, and Bellissimo Law Group was our representative. We had the best experience with them. Their team is highly professional, and responsive. My wife got the PR very fast, just in 9 months, and the process went smoothly.
Aleksander Dokollari
Aleksander Dokollari
14:22 07 Aug 21
We were delighted with the thorough process Bellissimo Law walked us through. They were a pleasure to deal with - responsive, knowledgeable and very helpful. 5 stars from us!
Emma Bray
Emma Bray
02:16 21 Aug 21
Ms Alexandra are the best and Ms viola is best and Ms Natalia also best &worked with you guys was friendly and professional. ,you guys all seemed very knowledgeable about the process. Everything went very smooth which was a big relief for me and my family. .that's why I can say you all number one super duper great people in the word :}and I got positive vibe talking over the phone or receiving email got positive vibe as well bravo 👏💙 and energy and viola gave an awesome advice, I love to recommend to every one please try this emigration lawyer ( bellissimo law group)🔥⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟 god bless,My dream comes true .thanks a lots for help me out 🙏
Afroz khan
Afroz khan
00:17 08 Oct 21
Highly recommended, it was a great honour to speak to Mr. Bellissimo. His advise was surely the best and informative. We would soon speak to them again. Thank you very much for your professionalism and honest judgements.
Mr Hasib
Mr Hasib
21:13 01 Oct 21
A great firm! Great lawyers! Only thing to mention would be that it's a large firm with several associates so make sure you're happy with who you've been assigned. Athena, Amanda, Kee-lee are all wonderful and had our application processed very quickly, once they took over the case from another associate.Would absolutely use them again and intend to in the future.
Ray
Ray
21:14 12 Oct 21
Bellissimo Law Group helped us with a tricky case of confirming Canadian citizenship by Canadian ancestry. The rules were very complex and they did a fantastic job of advising us and preparing our application. They are a great law firm and we very much enjoyed working with all their professionals, particularly Athena. Thank you for your help and the successful outcome!
Samantha Deacon
Samantha Deacon
11:54 24 Jan 22
I came to Canada as an international student and started my immigration journey with Bellissimo Law Group back in 2009. Their office has represented me in many of my immigration matters such as study permit, PR, citizenship, etc., with a successful outcome in every application. Their professionalism has helped me become a proud Canadian recently.In many years of my interaction with Mr. Mario D. Bellissimo, I have always found him to be extremely professional, an excellent researcher, problem solver, and critical decision maker. He has provided me with tailored support and exhibited excellent attention to detail. Mr. Bellissimo and his team of professional lawyers and consultants have skillfully resolved all the complications in my case with the highest degree of professionalism. I am also thankful to Ms. Athena, Ms. Viola, and other firm members who have been working on my case for a long a long, and whose collective efforts have brought positive and meaningful results in my case.I highly recommend Mr. Bellissimo and his team to anyone who requires professional legal services in immigration law.
Prime Sleep
Prime Sleep
21:51 15 Nov 21
Highly recommended. Mario Bellissimo along with Michelle Boeriu and the rest of the team were a pleasure to work with. Dedicated, knowledgeable, timely, but just as importantly, compassionate and understanding, they worked hard for us and would not hesitate to respond even after hours or on weekends if needed.The team helped us prepare the study permit application for my niece. They guided us through the process, and helped us understand the multitude of issues that needed to be addressed. They prepared an application that was meticulously detailed, and in the end, the study permit application was approved with no issues. We are truly grateful for all their help and support.
K Phang
K Phang
14:17 23 Nov 21
I am really pleased by the results of service provided by Bellissimo Law Group and all of the respected lawyers. Their work, and professionalism are undeniable . They handled our case very professionally and they were responsive throughout the process. They are very patient, organized, knowledgeable and helpful in very step of the case. We received plenty of guidance from them during the process. They are the best legal team and we had a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Bellissimo Law Group!
rania liaqat
rania liaqat
07:00 13 Nov 21
My husband and I retained the Professional Services of Bellissimo Law Group when we began the process of preparing applications for Spousal Sponsorship and Permanent Residency in Canada.We were aware from the start that there were complexities to our case, however, following our initial consultation with Mr Bellissimo we were confident we had placed our case in the best possible hands.Throughout the entire process the thoughtful and meticulously thorough gathering of documentation, resulted in a highly detailedSUCCESSFULL submission to IRCC. We couldn't have been happier to receive our 'Confirmation of Permanent Residency' news!We are very grateful to Mr Bellissimo for his expertise in overseeing the preparation of our applications and to Keely Anderson for her attentive support and guidance throughout. Their care, kindness, and consummate professionalism meant a great deal to us, and consequently we highly recommend the Professional Services of Bellissimo Law Group.'
Alison McQuilkin
Alison McQuilkin
19:49 22 Jan 22
Our journey to Canada as a family of four with Bellissimo Law Group will forever be memorable. Having study permit application processed during the pandemic, as a family came with some challenges. However, the Lawyers walked with us step by step from filing our application until the day we travelled and landed safely in Canada. A big thank you goes to Bellissimo Law Group for their professionalism and incredible excellence in working on our case!
Ralph and Fiona Matava
Ralph and Fiona Matava
12:23 23 Mar 22
I had a great experience working with Bellissimo Law Group. They were professional and extremely thorough. We had a challenge with my mothers immigration due to some medical conditions. Bellissimo Law Group gave expert advise after their evaluation and were there to support & guide us at every step of the way. As a result, we got the successful approval in a record time . I will strongly recommend Bellissimo Law Group to anyone and especially when dealing with the complex immigration issues.
a Aulakh
a Aulakh
17:00 24 May 22
Bellissimo group helped our family to start our new life in Canada. We really appreciate Mr. Bellissimo, Ms.Anderson, and Ms. Sra to support us over the past 4 months. Their professionalism, patience, and quick response reduced our anxiety while waiting for the result of PFL letter. Whenever I have a question about the progress or the documents, they always gave me a quick response with detailed explanation. Meanwhile, they are very thorough to ensure all of the documents and progress are perfect. It was a wonderful experience to work with the group. Highly recommend the group to people who are still on the road to immigrating to Canada. You can 100% trust them!!!
Paris Liu
Paris Liu
02:54 27 May 22
My husband is Type 2 Diabetes with Renal problem, Stage 4. We received a Procedural Fairness Letter from the Immigration. We contacted the Bellissimo Law Group. With a fair amount of service fee but with high proficiency in service,.we made it and landed Canada last March 12, 2022. I highly recommend Bellissimo Law Group. They were very patient and hardworking. They handled our case with high profesionalism. We are happy and we know that we made the right decision in choosing them to represent us.
Maria Rowena Pelayo
Maria Rowena Pelayo
01:39 01 Apr 22
Michelle was very patient with all the questions and was thoroughly professional and knowledgeable about the subject matter and explained everything in detail to our satisfaction. Would definitely be retaining the services when the time comes.
Shehzad Ali
Shehzad Ali
20:38 18 May 22
Wonderful experience with Lijing and Caroline! Very helpful and patient, guided me through the process & even went as far helping me deal with the anxiety during the process. I was able to get my PR and make my dreams come true despite there being many obstacles and errors in my different permits submitted with the application. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for changing my life and my family's life!
Rawan Hedefa
Rawan Hedefa
16:14 26 Aug 22
I would like to thank Bellissimo Law Group for their assistance in getting my Canada PR. They are very knowledgable and current with the Canadian Immigration laws and policies. Michelle Boeriu was very helpful in communicating with me about my case and its progress. Without her professional guidance, it would have been a challenge for me in my application process. I would highly recommend Bellissimo group for consultation and retaining their services for Canadian Immigration and application process.
Arjunn Karnae
Arjunn Karnae
18:46 19 Aug 22
Bellissimo Law Group and its team is very professional. We have hired services of Lijing Cao for IC transfer and she has been very diligent, cooperative, knowledgeable and managed our case very well. As a result of this great service, we got the approval for whole family. Could not be happier more! I recommend her and the company as our experience have been phenomenal. Keep up the good work Team!
SHERAZ AHMED
SHERAZ AHMED
14:13 03 Jun 22